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Jamie Mann's Blog

 

Long time video game player, starting with the ZX Spectrum back in 1985 and continuing throughout the 16-bit era (Amiga, Genesis) and straight through to this day (Xbox 360, Wii, etc). Key interests: tracing video game evolution and history, critical analysis of game design, game industry economics and the experimental side of the indie games scene. Now working as telecoms manager/developer with the following personal websites: http://www.caffeinated.org.uk/ - ZX Spectrum game reviews and general website http://www.xboxindiegames.co.uk/ - Xbox Live Indie game reviews - over 1600 games reviewed!

 

Member Blogs

Posted by Jamie Mann on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 02:09:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
The UK's Game Group is struggling to get finance: what does this mean for UK gamers?


Posted by Jamie Mann on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 05:43:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
How can you best tell a story within a videogame?


Posted by Jamie Mann on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:30:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
A look back at the use-cases Nintendo has suggested for the Wii U


Posted by Jamie Mann on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:29:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
A quick look at console lifecycles...


Posted by Jamie Mann on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 05:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Or: wot I got right, wot I got wrong and what the implications are...


Posted by Jamie Mann on Thu, 26 May 2011 07:34:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
Nintendo has seen record success with the Wii and DS. Can they repeat this success with the followups to these machines?



Jamie Mann's Comments

Comment In: [News - 03/23/2017 - 07:50]

Are people buying Zelda to ...

Are people buying Zelda to play on the Switch, or are they buying the Switch to play Zelda Such a high attach rate suggests the latter...

Comment In: [News - 10/20/2016 - 10:06]

Ok, so it 's a ...

Ok, so it 's a fairly logical evolution of the Wii U concept. r n r nBut... the Wii U didn 't exactly set the world on fire, certainly not when compared to the original Wii, the PS4 or the Xbox One. r n r nThen too, it 's the ...

Comment In: [News - 09/14/2016 - 03:08]

I can see what they ...

I can see what they 're trying to do, but it feels like a bit of a brute-force solution. Wouldn 't it be better to apply a filter based on the amount of time that the person has played the game on steam E.g. Recent only shows data for people ...

Comment In: [News - 04/27/2016 - 04:02]

There 's something notably missing ...

There 's something notably missing from this article: given that Just Cause 3 hasn 't been cracked, has it seen a significant improvement in sales r n r nA quick search online indicates that sales were pretty strong on the current-gen consoles which also don 't have piracy issues, afaik ...

Comment In: [News - 03/25/2016 - 05:23]

Startopia on the PC had ...

Startopia on the PC had a nice easter egg if you hold down F11 and type cliveroolz a reference to Sir Clive Sinclair, the man who brought the zx81 and ZX Spectrum to the masses , the game switches to a emulated ZX Spectrum display, complete with colour clash

Comment In: [Blog - 03/15/2016 - 03:20]

This all sounds great if ...

This all sounds great if you 're working in a vacuum with infinite budget or as some sort of personal side-project , but I 'm really not sure how any of this is meant to work in the real world. r n r nHowever, when working on a commercial product ...